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to release the flesh. We children would run in
and jump on and off the young man's back as he
was dragged around, to increase the weight. If
this did not free him, the warrior would back his
horse up several feet and then send it forward with
a sudden rush—and 'swish5—a sickly sound of
rending flesh, and the young man would get up,
if he could, with his chest hanging with blood and
torn muscles. The medicine-man would 'doctor5
him for a moment with native herbs, and then the
young man went his way—now a brave. He had
proved his salt, and the tribe would now allow him
to go out on the war-path as a full-fledged warrior.
Indians would not allow their young men to go
on the war-path against an enemy until he had
gone through this ordeal, lest he should disgrace
the tribe by showing cowardice. Any man who
failed to go through the dance until he pulled the
flesh loose or fainted in the attempt., was never
allowed to rank as a brave., nor to fight as a warrior.

On the day following the Sun Dance—the last
day of the camp—a dance was held which was
somewhat similar to the I Saw Dance, only on a
much larger scale. Two of the greatest warriors
of the tribe were asked to re-enact their most
dangerous encounter with an enemy on the war-

A near tragedy followed the above Sun Dance
when one of our warriors—the medicine-man